Teeth cleaning involves the removal of dental plaque and calculus (tartar/hardened deposits) from the teeth in an effort to to prevent cavities (dental decay), gingivitis, and periodontal disease (gum disease). The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends a professional cleaning every six months. This professional cleaning reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are used as the filling material to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This blocks out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening by age 7. This is the age when permanent teeth generally begin to come in at age 6 or 7. It is at this point that orthodontic problems become apparent. Orthodontic treatment at this age, when teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing, is known as interceptive orthodontics. That means certain conditions, such as crowding and jaw discrepancies may be easier to treat.